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Cala Boadella - Lloret de Mar.
This is the most unspoilt beach in the vicinity of Lloret de Mar. Despite its reputation as the epicentre of cheap package holidays, the worst features of mass tourism remain within Lloret itself, and there are many beautiful beaches nearby. Cala Boadella is one such peaceful spot, and boasts 310 metres of golden sands surrounded by pine trees.
Cala Pola - Tossa de Mar.
A true beauty spot with a family atmosphere, this tiny sheltered cove is located between Cala Bona and Cala Giverola along a spectacular, windy stretch of coast between Tossa de Mar and Sant Feliu de Guíxols. Pine and oak forests surround crystal clear waters to create a natural swimming pool, which is understandably popular in summer, as is the adjacent campsite.
Cala de Castell - Palamós.
Famously saved from development in the 1990s, the idyllic Cala de Castell exudes unspoilt beauty, giving us an idea of what the Costa Brava was like before the arrival of mass tourism. Located just north of Palamós, its generous golden sands and clear waters have inspired many artists over the years, and a number of historical relics nearby, including the ancient ruins of an Iberian settlement.
Cala d’Aigua Xelida - Tamariu.
Cala d’Aigua Xelida is a true hidden gem, where pine-clad cliffs conceal a tiny beach and turquoise waters, ideal for swimming and snorkelling. This small but beautiful cove is accessible only on foot from Carrer de Cala Marquesa, located 1km northeast of charming Tamariu, with its quaint restaurants and fine horseshoe-shaped beach.
Cala Ferriol - L’Escala.
Located between l’Estartit y Cala Montgó, this isolated pebbly beach can only be reached by boat or on foot, due to the rugged, uninhabitable surroundings. A woodland path provides access from Cala Montgó in around 60-90 minutes, traversing the natural park of Montgrí en route. This secluded cala is a just reward, with crystalline waters, rocky islets and an underwater landscape that makes for great snorkelling.
Cala Montjoi - Roses.
Former home of the El Bulli restaurant, the picturesque Cala Montjoi is located in the natural park of Cap de Creus, 7km east of Roses. This crescent-shaped cove offers calm clear waters, diving, kayaking and a holiday village. The remote Cala Rostella and Cala Murtra can be accessed on foot from here via a dirt track to the south, whilst Cala Jóncols to the east is a smaller version of Montjoi with a secluded beachfront hotel.